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As a sufferer of dry, sensitive skin, I am always on the lookout for delicate skin care products that may be able to help me, so when I discovered miamoo via Twitter I was keen to give them a try.
miamoo is the brainchild of ‘The Apprentice’ runner-up and TV personality Saira Khan, who herself struggles with very dry and sensitive skin. After spending years trying (and failing) to find high street products to suit and soothe her skin, Saira took it upon herself to create a range that eliminated the chemicals that made her condition worse, and miamoo was born.
All miamoo products are formulated especially for those with dry, sensitive skin, and are 98% natural; only using synthetic ingredients when absolutely necessary. As such, miamoo is free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, SLS, Synthetic colours and fragrances, and PEGS, as well as other nasties that can irritate sensitive skin.
I was recently lucky enough to receive a miamoo travel goodies set to try out. The set contains miniature versions of six miamoo products, and a lovely cotton wash cloth which is kind on the skin. One thing that stood out to me about miamoo is the packaging. It’s simple and soft-looking, and also very cute with the little cow drawings, and though it looks like it’s aimed towards children, the products are suitable for any age group. Granted, the miamoo website says the travel set is ideal for mummy-to-be’s hospital bag, and can be used for both mum and baby, but that just shows how gentle the products are! If it’s good enough for baby, it’s good enough for my delicate skin too.
Together, the travel goodies form a 3 step skincare routine that not only moisturises dry skin, but also keeps it clean and clear.
Step 1 – Cleanse
Fresh Locks Shampoo
‘bursting with lavender and geranium’
My thoughts: This shampoo has a sweet, fresh scent which is nice and soothing. It’s also a pleasure to use as, unlike chemical-laden shampoos, it doesn’t cling to the hair. As such, it leaves hair feeling soft, clean and bouncy rather than heavy, and doesn’t make my head itch at all!
‘brimming with lemon oil & aloe vera’
My thoughts: The lemon oil in miamoo’s splashy wash gives it an invigorating citrus scent which is ideal for a refreshing morning wake up. It has quite a runny consistency, but it foams up incredibly well and a little goes a very long way! A lot of shower gels make my skin feel tight and dry after use, but this one does the opposite and actually leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised.
Spritz and Wipe
‘overflowing with lime water & minerals’
My thoughts: spritz and wipe can be used to cleanse away dirt, moisturise the skin, or even just refresh and cool the skin, so it’s a fab little product to carry with you when you’re out and about as it covers all bases. I personally like to use it to remove my make up and it does a pretty good job. It doesn’t have much of a scent, but it does what it says on the bottle which is ultimately what matters.
Step 2 – Moisturise
‘crammed with sweet almond oil & marshmallow extract’
My thoughts: The huggy lotion is my favourite product from the whole set. It’s light and pretty much scentless, but it’s intensely moisturising, and also has a slight cooling effect on sore, sensitive skin. It’s non-greasy and easily absorbed, but seems to create a protective barrier which is just what I need in the harsh winter weather. This one gets five stars from me!
My thoughts: Cheeky cream is another favourite of mine. This one has a thicker consistency than the huggy lotion and perhaps doesn’t massage in as easily, but it has a lovely softening effect and is very gentle. I’m not sure I’d use it in the morning as I found it didn’t make a very good base for make up, but it’s an excellent, rich night-time moisturiser.
Spritz and Wipe
Step 3 – Massage
‘infused with lavender & sweet almond oil’
My thoughts: Baba oil is another versatile product as it can be used on the skin, but also as a hair treatment. I like to use this one at night as it has a calming lavender scent which helps me to relax before I go to sleep. The oil warms up nicely in the hands and feels amazingly silky on the skin.
This little set would be the perfect way to try out miamoo’s products and see whether they suit your skin, and it would also be great for travel – just throw it in your suitcase and off you go! I’m really impressed with the quality and effectiveness of the products, and am considering buying full-size versions of the huggy lotion and cheeky cream.
miamoo’s travel goodies set costs £15, and can be purchased here. You can also view the rest of the miamoo range here, and if you use the code ‘blog13′ at the checkout, you can get 10% off all products!
*This miamoo travel goodies set was sent to me by miamoo for review purposes. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*
2013 has been a quiet year for BeTrousse so far, with only a sale to their name since December, but towards the end of March I received their first beauty kit of the year, the Glitz & Glamour box. I was beginning to worry that they had run out of ideas so I was pleased to receive another kit unexpectedly, especially as it’s a good one!
The Glitz & Glamour beauty kit contains five full-size products to help you ‘get gorgeous’, and so far they haven’t disappointed. Every item in the box is different this time, with no repeats from past boxes, and no similar products within the box!
From Left to Right:
Jason Rosewater & Chamomile Normalising Shampoo
Benta Berry G-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
Fair Naturally Mango & Safflower Body Moisturiser
Make Believe Enhance Shimmer Lip Gloss
Tulecos Tonifying Oil
As usual, BeTrousse provide full-size products so you can get a real feel for each one before deciding whether to repurchase, so for now I will give my first thoughts on each product and review a few, if not all of them, at a later date.
Jason Rosewater & Chamomile Normalising Shampoo – 255ml – RRP £7.29
This is the first shampoo to appear in a BeTrousse box and I absolutely love it. It is delicately scented with rosewater and chamomile (no parabens!), which help to soothe and balance the scalp, as the natural ingredients remove dirt without stripping away moisture. As such, it leaves hair feeling incredibly soft and clean, and also adds volume. A definite winner!
Benta Berry G-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser – 30ml – RRP £14.00
I haven’t yet tried this G-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser, but it is 100% natural and claims to remove impurities from the skin. I’ve used a Benta Berry moisturiser in the past and it was quite pleasant, so if this is anything like its cousin I expect it will do its job well!
Fair Naturally Mango & Safflower Body Moisturiser – 200ml – RRP £3.99
Fair Naturally’s Mango & Safflower Body Lotion is the cheapest product in the box, but also my favourite. It smells absolutely delicious, like peach yoghurt, and has a rich, creamy texture which massages in well, leaving skin feeling soft but not greasy. It’s organic, fair trade and made in the UK too – three things I always look for in products. I will be repurchasing this one!
Make Believe Enhance Shimmer Lip Gloss – 15ml – RRP £10.00
Make Believe are known best for their tanning products, and this lip gloss is supposed to enhance your tan. It is very sheer, but has a slight pink colour to it and a beautiful shimmer. It smells a bit like watermelon, but the scent soon turns a bit plasticky which isn’t great. I’m not usually a fan of tube glosses as they tend to be quite sticky, but this one feels lovely on the lips – almost like a lip balm.
Tulecos Tonifying Oil – 50ml – £33.00
I wasn’t familiar with Tulecos before receiving this box, but I have since learnt that they are an organic French brand who use essential oils to create luxury products. This tonifying oil contains peppermint oil, and is for use on the feet. It feels silky soft on the skin, has a relaxing, cooling effect, and softens any rough bits almost instantly. A fab little addition!
BeTrousse’s Glitz & Glamour beauty kit is available online and costs £10, which is well worth it considering you get five full-size products with a total RRP of £70, especially as with most beauty boxes you’re lucky if you get one full-size product for the same price! The box is full of unfamiliar brands and everything in it is great quality, so if you want to try something new for less then this is the box for you.
*This BeTrousse Glitz & Glamour Beauty Kit was sent to me by BeTrousse for review purposes. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*
Firstly, I would like to apologise for my elusiveness lately. January has been an incredibly busy month for me but it seems to have dragged on forever – I’m sure many of you can relate to that feeling! On top of starting back at work after Christmas, I had an important assignment to do for my Master’s Degree this month, so I spent most of my evenings researching, writing and editing, hence my lack of blog posts. Luckily, I handed the assignment in yesterday so I’ll have a bit more time on my hands now (although I do have a dissertation proposal to complete…), so expect to see a lot more from me during February!
Hopefully February will be a bit more fun than January has been. On Sunday my fiancé and I are going to London, just for one night, but we have a lot planned. I will be taking my camera on the trip so expect a rather photo heavy post when I get back! Also, Bewitchery turns one year old on the 7th of February, which is very exciting indeed. The main event in February for me though is my birthday! On the 14th of February I turn 23, and (fingers crossed) I won’t be working that day, so I am going to spend the next couple of weeks planning fun things to do! Birthdays for me are mostly about surprises, cake and having a nice time with my loved ones, but I do have a few things on my Birthday Wish List this year, so I thought I would share them with you here…
If you’ve read this post, you’ll know that I’m a Dr Martens fangirl, and I have been lusting after this pair for months now. I recently noticed that they were in the Schuh sale, so I dropped a massive hint with my dad and I think these babies will be mine in two weeks time!
Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish
I know I’m extremely late to the hologram polish party, but I really love the look of Layla’s hologram range, especially this Ultra Violet shade.
Real Techniques Core Collection
I’ve been after a decent set of make up brushes for a long, long time (my current set are falling apart), and lots of you lovely beauty bloggers have recommended Real Techniques’ Core Collection. I’ve done some research, and they really do look like a quality set of brushes, so these are now on my list. They pass the cruelty free test too!
Real Techniques Starter Set
Because my eyes deserve fabulous brushes too… And they’re purple!
Kate Bush T-Shirt
Kate Brush is my hero, and has been since I was tiny, so this t-shirt is perfect for me. The design is just so pretty!
Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Smother
This is one of Sleek’s newest shades in their True Colour Lipstick range. It’s an extremely pretty pinky purple colour (it’s actually a bit darker in reality than it looks in the picture), and every time I go to Superdrug I can’t resist swatching it on my hand.
The time has finally come for me to announce the winner of my BeTrousse Pretty Beauty Box Giveaway! This giveaway was my most successful yet, and I’d like to thank everyone who entered. I really wish I had a prize for all of you! I was really pleased to see that quite a few of you really got into it, and Tweeted an entry almost every day – that’s dedication right there.
Just to remind you of the prize, here is the amazing BeTrousse Pretty Beauty Box which the winner will receive…
So, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The winner is…
*fireworks and party streamers*
Congratulations Ra, and well done Please can you email your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can pass it on BeTrousse. They will then post your prize out as soon as possible, and you should receive it within a week or two.
Once again, a massive thank you to everyone who entered – without you this giveaway wouldn’t have been the success that it was. Please keep an eye out for more exciting giveaways coming soon!
As part of the BeTrousse beauty panel, every time BeTrousse bring out a new, exciting beauty kit, I receive one to review. In October BeTrousse launched their latest box – the Pretty Beauty Box, and earlier this month I happily received mine in the post. I had already seen on the BeTrousse website that the box contained NINE full size products, rather than the usual five, so I was really looking forward to trying this box out for size. Here is what I was met with when I opened the Pretty Beauty Box…
As you can see, the box is packed full of a wide range of products. In the past I have complained about there being too many face creams and not enough make up in the previous BeTrousse boxes, so I was very happy to see some make up and nail products in there this time. The products in the box are worth £122 in total, but the box costs just £19.
Above, you can see (clockwise from the top):
- Papier Poudre Gift Pack of 3 Booklets
- Cupcake Organic Frankincense & Orange Day Cream
- Yves Rocher Organic Refreshing Gel Cleanser
- Arganti 100% Pure Argan Oil
- Saffron London Cracking Nail Polish
- Vera Valenti Eyeshadow in Pink
- Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Volume Gloss in Pink
- Kesari Radieuse Anti-Age
- Essyta Cosmetics Body Moisturising Lotion
As with all BeTrousse boxes, BeTrousse have provided full-sized products so that you can feel the full effect of each item before deciding whether to repurchase it or not. As such, I won’t do full reviews of everything until I have used them for a bit longer, so for now I will tell you my first impressions of each treat.
Papier Poudre Gift Pack – 3 Booklets – £7.95
Papier Poudre are little booklets of blotting papers, with each sheet being covered in a fine layer of absorbent powder, which gives a matte make up look after use. I used to have something like this when I was a teenager but hadn’t seen them around for years, so when I found these in the box I was very happy to see them! The pack contains three booklets, with a different shade of powder in each booklet – Rachel, Rose and White. I have tried these out already and they do their job perfectly, removing excess oil and shine from the face whilst adding a touch of powder. A great little product and something a bit different for BeTrousse!
Cupcake Organic Frankincense & Orange Day Cream – 30ml – £16
This Frankincense & Orange Day Cream by Cupcake Organic has to be one of the best things I have ever received in a BeTrousse box. For starters, I love the name of the company, the packaging is so bright and cute, and the glass pot gives it a luxurious feel. The cream itself smells absolutely ‘divine’ (to quote the company’s tagline), and it has a firm yet creamy texture which instantly softens the skin. The cream claims to protect and repair dry skin, which I have on my hands, so I will be using this a lot over the coming weeks and writing a full review in the not so distant future.
Yves Rocher Organic Refreshing Gel Cleanser – 200ml – £11
I’m yet to try Yves Rocher’s Refreshing Gel Cleanser properly so I can’t really comment on its quality, but it has a nice smooth texture and a light, fresh scent of Aloe Vera. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Yves Rocher as they produce natural, organic cosmetics which I prefer to use, so I’m expecting good things from this. The cleanser is suitable for the face AND eyes too, which is a bonus as all-in-one products lessen the clutter of bottles in the bathroom!
Arganti 100% Pure Argan Oil – 60ml – £10
Arganti’s Argan Oil is another product I was very pleased to see in this box as it 100% pure. I have tried Argan hair oils in the past but they were all combined with other plant oils, so I have been keen to try some pure Argan oil to see if it lives up to the hype. However, Arganti’s packaging isn’t the best (the bottle looks like a medicine bottle), and the oil smells horrible too (although I suppose that’s unavoidable). Having said that, I am looking forward to giving this a proper try, so watch this space for an Arganti review!
Saffron London Cracking Nail Polish – 14ml – £0.75p
BeTrousse are a little bit behind with this Nail Polish as the nail crackle trend has mostly been and gone, but as I said before it is nice to see a nail product in the box. The packaging may look simple and slightly cheap, but I actually quite like the classy contrast between black and gold. I have a few Saffron London polishes already and, for a cheap range, they are pretty good quality, so hopefully this will be the same.
Vera Valenti Eyeshadow in Pink – 10g – £2
To balance out the amazing-ness of the Cupcake Organic Day Cream, Vera Valenti’s Eyeshadow is the worst thing I have received in a beauty box. The packaging looks and feels very cheap and tacky, and the eyeshadow is really bad quality. It is chalky and one of the shadows actually broke up into tiny pieces and powder the first time I used it. Most of the colours are also far too pearlescent for my liking, but I must say I do quite like the purple shades in this palette.
Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Volume Gloss in Pink – 10ml – £13.90
When I found Yves Rocher’s Sexy Pulp Volume Gloss in the box I instantly thought ‘YAY! Make up!’ Make up is one of the things that BeTrousse have been lacking, and this gloss has definitely made up for it. The gloss is a lovely shade of orangey pink, and has a fantastic shine to it. It isn’t sticky (although you can feel it on your lips) and it is extremely long-lasting… Even after eating the colour and shine are still visible. Expect a full review of this soon, too!
Kesari Radieuse Anti-Age – 30ml – £47
I wasn’t especially excited about Kerasi’s Radieuse Anti-Age at first as I’ve received several other anti-aging creams in my BeTrousse boxes in the past, and I don’t really think I need them yet! However, this one is really delicate and light and has a nice, nutty scent and colour. I’ve used it a few times on my face and neck and it is absorbed quickly and has a smoothing, softening effect. As far as anti-aging creams go, this is one of the best that I have sampled so far.
Essyta Cosmetics Body Moisturising Lotion – 250ml – £13.50
Last but not least, Essyta Cosmetics Body Moisturising Lotion. I’m a sucker for good moisturisers, and this is undoubtedly a good one. It has a pleasing scent and, like the Kerasi Radieuse Anti-Age, is lovely and light and easily absorbed. The lotion comes in a nice big bottle as well, which is always good.
If you like the look of the BeTrousse Pretty Beauty Box, keep an eye out tomorrow for details of a very special giveaway that I am running with BeTrousse! Alternatively, it is available to order via the BeTrousse website for just £19.
Which products in the Pretty Beauty Box do you like the look of?
*I was sent the BeTrousse Pretty Beauty Box by BeTrousse for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own*
Last week I received my third BeTrousse box – the newly released Summer Break Beauty Kit. The new kit contains five full-sized, high-end products which BeTrousse believe are perfect for summer and for taking on your holidays. So, without further ado, here is what you will find in the BeTrousse Summer Break box…
From Left to Right:
- Benta Berry G-1 Moisturising Face Cream
- Orhis Nourishing Face Cream
- Cinq Mondes Roses Petal Rain Mist
- Lilas Blanc Secret Éclat Jeunesse
- Cosmetoo Nails Nail Art Express Kit
I have mixed feelings about some of the products in this box, but the same can be said about all of the beauty boxes I’ve tried. However, my thoughts are mostly positive and this is definitely my favourite BeTrousse box so far! I was very happy to see the nail art kit in there too, as up until now everything I’ve received has been based around skincare. BeTrousse are unique in their concept of providing full-sized products, which is one of the things I love about them. They feel it’s important to feel the full effects of a product before you repurchase it, which is why you’ll never find a sample product in a BeTrousse box. As such, I will only be telling you a bit about each product in this post, and reviewing some of them in more detail at a later date when I’ve finished using them.
Now for the fun bit – the goodies!
Benta Berry G-1 Moisturising Face Cream – 30ml – RRP £12
Benta Berry’s G-1 Moisturising Face Cream is one of my least favourite products in the box. I like the simple, modern packaging and the fact that it is made from 100% natural ingredients, and the lotion itself is quite nice (it’s very hydrating and, though a little on the thick side, it absorbs well), but that’s where my love of this product ends. Why? Because it smells funny! The scent is subtle (and apparently designed by a famous perfumer) but I find it really off-putting. It’s slightly woody, but not in a pleasant way, and smells almost bitter if that’s even possible. This cream isn’t for me but I can see it being enjoyed by those who don’t like sweetly scented products. It’s aimed at ‘filles et garcons’ too, so is probably more suited to a teenage audience.
Orhis Nourishing Face Cream – 50ml – RRP £28
This Orhis Nourishing Face Cream, on the other hand, is lovely and probably my favourite item in the box! The dainty little bottle is the perfect size to carry in your handbag and the box is very pretty and girly. The face cream contains Cottonseed and Argan Oil, which makes it extremely nourishing but also protecting and, according to BeTrousse, is great for prolonging a tan! The formula is very light and massages in flawlessly, and despite it containing Argan Oil it doesn’t leave your skin greasy at all. It’s also 99.1% natural so causes no irritation. I am definitely going to continue using this and would even consider repurchasing it in the future. Look out for a more detailed review of this one at a later date.
Cinq Mondes Roses Petal Rain Mist – 200ml – RRP £28
Another beautiful treat for the skin! Cinq Mondes Roses Rain Mist is extremely refreshing and very moisturising. It has a very light oily consistency which when sprayed directly onto the skin is instantly cooling (perfect for the summer heat) and sends up a cloud of rose scented sweetness. Gorgeous! When rubbed in the mist is absorbed quickly, and delicately moisturises your skin for long lasting softness. A definite summer must-have. In fact, I’ve been using this pretty much constantly since I received it – I love it!
Lilas Blanc Secret Éclat Jeunesse – 50ml – £36.50
Yep, another face cream. Part of me wishes I had more faces to use all these lotions and potions on! Unfortunately, I can’t use this one myself as it contains salicylate which I’m allergic to. I swatched this on my arm yesterday and the formula is quite nice (very light and creamy), but my arm immediately started to itch and go red – not good! It smells nice though, very citrussy like oranges, and has the bonus of being organic which is always a winner with me. My mum’s been after a nice anti-aging cream for a while so I’m going to let her have this one as she really likes its scent and lightness. It’s a thumbs up from her, at least!
Cosmetoo Nails Nail Art Express Kit
As I said earlier, I was very pleased to see something a little different in this box, and what better than something to decorate my nails with? I’m a big fan of nail art so I’ve already given these a go and I’ll be featuring them as my Nail of the Day later today, so check back this evening to see what they look like on. The kit contains two sets of nail stickers of the same design, a small bag of nail gems and a wooden stick tool.
The products in the Summer Break kit have a total RRP of £109, but can be purchased in this box from BeTrousse for just £19! Though I didn’t get on with a couple of the products, £19 is definitely worth it for the ones that I did like, so if you like the look of anything then do give it a go. After all, anything you don’t like can be given as gifts 😉 To purchase the BeTrousse Summer Break Kit, visit here.
*I was sent this BeTrousse Summer Break Beauty Kit by BeTrousse for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own*
The time has come for me to announce the winner of my BeTrousse Must Haves giveaway! Earlier today I chose a winner at random using random.org. I had 16 entries in total so I assigned everybody a number according to the order in which they entered, and let the random number generator choose a number. And that number was entry number 8…
…and entry number 8 was Jess Heath of Raffles Bizarre!
Congratulations Jess, you have won a BeTrousse Must Haves beauty kit, worth £131, which contains PURE Papaya Ointment, LPG Aqueous Cellulite Detox Serum, OceAnge Anti-Age Caviar Night Cream, Ostraly Moisturising Tea Tree Oil Cream and Bacti Control Instant Antibacterial Sanitizer.
Thank you very much to everybody who entered – I’m really sorry I don’t have a prize for all of you! Please check back soon for another giveaway
My BeTrousse Must Haves Giveaway ends this Friday (the 17th) at 11:59pm (GMT).
To celebrate the launch of BeTrousse in the UK, I have teamed up with the company to offer one lucky winner a BeTrousse Must Haves beauty kit. The beauty kit is worth £131 in total, and contains five full-size products including: Pure Papaya Ointment, LPG Aqueous Cellulite Detox Serum, OceAnge Anti-Age Caviar Night Cream, Ostraly Moisturising Tea Tree Oil Cream and Bacti Control Instant Antibacterial Sanitizer.
To find out how to enter, visit my original giveaway post here! The winner will be announced and contacted on Saturday, and will be chosen at random.
To celebrate their launch in the UK, BeTrousse have kindly donated one of their Must Haves beauty kits for me to give to one lucky winner! If you want to read my review of the box, you can do so here. The box contains five full-size beauty products worth a total of £131, including Pure Papaya Ointment, LPG Aqueous Cellulite Detox Serum, OceAnge Anti-Age Caviar Night Cream, Ostraly Moisturising Tea Tree Oil Cream and Bacti Control Instant Antibacterial Sanitizer.
The Must Haves kit is a really great box and gives you the opportunity to try international high-end brands that you may not have heard of. If you would like to enter to win the box, you must do the following…
- Follow Bewitchery, either as an email subscriber or WordPress follower.
- ‘Like’ BeTrousse on Facebook here.
- ‘Like’ Bewitchery on Facebook here.
And that’s it! Once you’ve entered, comment below with your Facebook name and an email address to contact you on if you win. This giveaway is open to old and new followers within the UK only (apologies to my international followers!) All entrants must be aged over 18. The giveaway is open for two weeks, and will close at 11:59pm (GMT) on Friday 17th August. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted the next day. You will be required to provide your address within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. Your address will then be passed on to BeTrousse who will post your prize.